City pair victorious at the Olympic venue
PHILIPPA Neill continued her recent good form with an impressive win at the Metropolitan Regatta over the weekend.
While most of her Peterborough City Rowing Club mates were competing in the club’s regatta at Thorpe Meadows, the 17-year-old King’s School pupil was busy at the Olympic venue, Dorney Lakes, where she won the Morrison Cup in the Junior Eights.
Competing in a composite crew over the two kilometre course, Neill’s boat won the race by a massive 18 seconds ahead of Newcastle University with the National University of Ireland back in third.
The city youngster then took part in the Elite Women’s Coxless Fours, coming second to a composite crew containing two Great Britain Under 23 internationals.
Next Saturday Neill will compete at the Reading Amateur Regatta as she continues her preparations for Henley which takes place the following weekend.
But Neill was not the only local rower delivering the goods at Dorney Lakes with former Peterborough City Rowing club star Ed Rippon also tasting success at Dorney Lakes.
Rippon, a former PCRC junior star but now a member of Leander Rowing Club, won the IM1 Double Sculls alongside Exeter man, Marcus Bowyer, after qualifying for the final as the fastest crew in the heats.
The win marks a welcome return to form for ‘Big Ed’ who is still recovering from a virus which saw him miss out on a place in the Great Britain squad at the Munich Regatta last month.